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Step 4: Application Components

Although there are many components to the application, the following are common concerns of applicants and admissions committee members.

· Essay. Overall, tell your story honestly and with humanity while always answering the question. Describe your teamwork successes and work both in and out of the workplace.

· GMAT. Take a practice test and assess your scores against the ranges of your target schools. If your score is not up to par, consider a professional test preparation course. Give yourself adequate time to reach your target score and practice.

· Interview. Interviews are generally relaxed, but it’s recommended that you practice prior to your interview. Review your application, the school’s website, and come ready to have a good conversation. Avoid extreme wordiness, shyness, and poor eye contact, which all can come across as poor preparedness.

Step 5: Choosing Your School

· Consider attending the weekends for admitted students, which will give you a chance to meet admitted students and might help you decide on a school.

· You also may consider getting in touch with current students, faculty members and admissions staff.

· Reassess location benefits, reputation and your goals.

Step 6: Summer Before School

Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know members of your class at local events or online forums. In addition, if you’re in need of preparation consider taking refresher courses. Some students also take this opportunity to travel or visit friends and family, as school and work may not allow for extended trips or visits in the near future.

Step 7: Getting a Job

The process varies according to the school and your interests. Generally, if you are interested in a field that is typical of students in your program, you will find that the business school has its own process you can follow as soon as 1-3 months after you begin your study. If you are interested in an atypical path, you might have to do additional legwork on your own in terms of making contacts and getting interviews. Yet, each school will help you perfect cover letters and resumes and tailor them to the jobs you want.

Posted on February 3, 2009 by Manhattan Review

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Many professionals seek and achieve a higher standard of work in the office place. They put in long hours, reply promptly to their emails, and at the end of the day help create a good product. They may even bring their officemates bagels or donuts to keep everyone smiling, but somehow it is not enough to be promoted or receive a raise. What follows are some suggestions, dos, and don’ts as to how to better achieve your goal of moving up the ladder in your workplace.

Speak up. Send out relevant interesting articles to staff. Try to become someone that people know, beyond your boss.

Seek out advice as to how to achieve your goal from others who are higher in the company hierarchy.

Offer to take on greater responsibilities. It is vital to prove that you can already do the job that you want. However, as you will see in the Don’t section of this post, don’t go too far with taking on other people’s responsibilities. Remember that you need to prove you can do the job you already have. You will not get a promotion if you make many mistakes, and prove that you are not up to the responsibilities, as mundane as they may be.

Recognize that despite your efforts it may not be so easy to attain the promotion you desire. It may take an additional year of work or it may require that you take your experience to a different company. Hard work, motivation and positive thinking will not necessarily get you noticed at your current company. Don’t quit to early though because the time you have spent in your current job may be a factor in a looming promotion.

Let your boss down. The easiest way to get promoted is for your boss to feel extremely confident in your abilities and in your devotion to your work.

Exceed the limits of your position. This is not a time to come across as wanting to usurp control from your boss, instead you are trying to impress him or her.

As trivial as it may seem to some, appearance counts. Do not take casual Friday to far, or too early in the week.

Try not to be deterred by initial failure, for many working their way up the corporate ladder is one of the most difficult parts of their career and there are sure to be bumps along the way. But if you work at it, if you become a better employee, a better manager, as well as more knowledgeable, you are likely to succeed in the future. Through following some of the advice above, you will increase your networking potential both within your company and beyond. Attaining the promotion you want is possible; it may simply take patience and drive.

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Manhattan Review

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